October 14, 2011 by Zuri
Today we went for our somewhat weekly-ish run to the Farmer’s Market to stock up on a few vegetable staples that we had run out of. We had been making huge bags of salad and keeping them in the fridge to munch on during the week, and having run out, we were sorely in need of supplies. Our Market isn’t huge, and most of the venders tend to have the same items over and over. Rarely do you find something new or interesting. Today was an exception!
We browsed about and found this funny little red thing with pokie bits sticking out all over. A lot of the vendors seemed to have them – never seen them there before now – but nobody could give us a name for this quirky little fruit. I have to admit that part of the problem is the language barrier, as nearly all the vendors speak English as a second language. Primarily, they speak in and their vendor signs are in Spanish.
Finally, as we were about to leave with our stash in tow, we tried one more vendor to pick up some squash and some orange tomatoes I hadn’t seen at any of the other vendors (I don’t know what kind of tomato they were, there was no sign). We asked what the odd fruit was, thinking we were just going to get another price blurted out like with the other vendors, but surprisingly, she was very cheerful and eager to help. “It’s Lychee! Here, try one! Crack it open! Here!”
So we cracked it open (it kinda sprayed it’s juices out with glee) and split it between the three of us. Once we got past it’s spiny shell, it looked like what I’d seen of lychee in pictures, which is kind of like a squishy white ball. Tearing it apart and eating it though, it was pretty darned tasty! It reminded me a little bit of a pear in taste, but not in texture. It was very mild, sweet but not cloying or overpowering. It had a very soft flavour that I really liked. Needless to say, we bought them, five for a dollar!
After that, we brought our haul home, having spent $16 on a ton of fresh produce. What we couldn’t get at the Farmer’s Market had to wait until we hit the grocery store (spinach, grape tomatoes, leaf lettuce). Looking forward to yummy salads, veggie snacks, and tonight’s dinner of eggplant parmesan!
Tomorrow should be fun, as it’s the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay’s VegFest! It’s a free event celebrating meat-free food and cruelty-free living, sponsored by Whole Foods Market. There’s going to be music, art, food, movies, speakers and cooking demonstrations. I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to try out some vegetarian and vegan products, and maybe taking some pictures and doing some reviews for the blog! If you’re going, see you there!